What Are Extractions?
Extractions are when a tooth/teeth are removed from a person’s mouth. As a practice, we always do this as a last resort if the tooth/teeth are not savable.
When Would I Need an Extraction?
One of the most common causes that requires a tooth to be extracted, is when a tooth has suffered irreversible tooth decay or damage, to the extent that it will be in the best interest of the patients gums and other teeth to have the affected tooth out.
In every treatment we carry out for our patients, tooth extractions will always be the final resort. This is because your natural teeth are very precious, and even though restorations have come a very long way and are excellent at replacing teeth, nothing will ever be quite as good as your own teeth.
What Can Lead me to Having a Tooth Extracted?
There are many factors that could lead to an extraction, these are the most common:
- Severe tooth decay/infection/trauma
- Supernumerary teeth (that appear unnaturally alongside your regular teeth) – only if they cause any problems
- Third molars that are blocking your wisdom teeth from coming through (impacted), and are causing pain
- Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
- Tooth abscesses (painful collection of pus)
- Un-savable teeth from an endodontic (root canal)
- Fractured tooth/teeth
In some cases with traditional braces, you may require a tooth to be extracted, which will create room for your teeth to be straightened into their new position. However with modern braces though, we are able to overcome overcrowding without removing any teeth in most cases.
Do I Need To Have My Tooth Extracted?
If you are suffering from any pain in your tooth, or it doesn’t look normal to you, we recommend that you call us to arrange an appointment so we can asses your tooth. We will always try to save your tooth and extractions will only ever be as a last resort.
Modern dental restorations are very effective at replacing missing teeth, in terms of functionality and aesthetics. But as a rule of thumb, it is always the desired result to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible – through regular and effective dental hygiene care (at home and professional).
Sedation For Nervous Patients
Having an extraction can be an extremely stressful time for a patient. We carry out all our extractions under a local anesthetic which numbs the surrounding area of the tooth to be extracted (eliminating any pain). You will however feel movement and slight pressure around the soon to be extracted tooth, which can be quite uncomfortable for the patient. We will always work at a slow pace to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible.
For very nervous patients, this treatment can sometime be too much for them. We offer IV sedation for all of our treatments which will put the patient at ease by inducing them into a completely relaxed state. The patient won’t be fully under, but the experience of the treatment will be a complete blur and will quickly pass by without the patient even knowing.